A prohibition is being placed on camera drones by the international ski federation from its World Cup as a result of a drone that crashed and almost hit Marcel Hirscher, the Austrian skier at a slalom in Italy.
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Markus Waldner, the FIS men’s race director, informed The Associated Press that drones will be banned “as long as I am responsible . . . because they are a bad thing for safety.”
The unmanned hovering thing having a TV camera fell down and scattered on the icy slope just at the back of Hirscher during a competition in Madonna di Campiglio. The overall winner for four times was unscratched and was able to carry on his run and finished second position behind Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway, who was the champion.
“It was huge luck that Marcel was not hurt,” Waldner declared. “I am very angry.”
The company in charge of the camera drone, sports-marketing agency Infront, held in a report that “the circumstances leading to [the crash] are currently being examined.”
“I didn’t know what it was, but I felt something,” declared Hirscher. “I thought it was a course worker behind me, or a gate.
“This is horrible. This can never happen again. This can be a serious injury. There are a lot of cool things nowadays. But you have to guarantee the safety—and that was just insane.”
As declared by Waldner, FIS had decided to allow the use of drone, but the pilot was not permitted to fly the camera straightforwardly over the race course.
“He did not follow our instructions,” the race director said. “He had to fly outside of the race track and follow the racer from a 15-meter (50-foot) distance. Then there would have been a margin and nothing could have happened.”
They have made use of drones many times before at ski competitions. The ski federation alleged that the innovative technology was meant to improve the experience for TV audiences as it makes available moving pictures from an above the head angle, which ordinary cameras can not capture.
FIS informed that official limitations in Italy for the use of drones at occasions are not as rigid as that in other nations, such as Switzerland and Austria, where hovering over a multitude has been prohibited.
Hirscher got the general World Cup lead position from Aksel Lund Svindal, who no longer contests slalom.
Kristoffersen, the Olympic bronze medalist, obtained his sixth World Cup triumph. He also turned out to be the first man to come first in the opening two slaloms of the season since Reinfried Herbst of Austria six years ago.
“Madonna is a real classic. So many greats have won here—[Alberto] Tomba, [Ingemar] Stenmark,” Kristoffersen declared. “To be here as a winner is unbelievable.”
Marco Schwarz of Austria, who commenced with the No. 33 bib, ended third in 1.59 seconds behind, for his first stage in only his third World Cup competition.
Felix Neureuther, who was last year’s winner, missed a gate in his second run and was unsuccessful to end.
Kristoffersen displayed a quick rhythm, and his vigor permitted him to sustain his balance even on a few difficult gates that were spaced in a different way from the others.
“The snow is really good,” Kristoffersen affirmed. “It was really fun to ski it.”